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Authentic, Not Traditional.


Located in Shaw, Espita is exploring the food, drinks, and culture of southern Mexico

Driven by a quest to surface authentic flavors and techniques, Chef Rob Aikens and Beverage Director Megan Barnes are constantly pushing their teams to research and create.  They fuel their creativity with inspiration from their many travels to Mexico, bringing home memories and people they want to honor with their food and drink.

We specialize in Oaxacan cuisine seen through the lens of the Mid-Atlantic.  You will not find traditional Oaxacan dishes here.  Instead you will find authentic Oaxacan flavors and techniques applied to the beautiful seasonal bounty of our region, creating a unique experience only available here. Come try DC’s best tacos, tlayudas, & mezcal.

Food is the story of people.  Espita is our story about the people we've had the honor to meet on our journeys and how they've impacted us.



Enjoy a cocktail from our RAMMY winning cocktail team led by Washington City Paper's 2018 "Bartender of the Year", Megan Barnes


Our collection of mezcal is constantly evolving as mezcal is made in small quantities.  We generally have about 100 different choices on our menu and many that are so hard to source that they never hit paper.  Talk to our team about their favorite expressions.  All mezcal is served in 1, 2, or 6 oz pours with an accompaniment of sal de gusano and oranges. 


Megan Barnes, James Simpson, Kim Klinger, Pedro Tobar, Jordan Utz, Joe Schilling, Daniel Sanchez, Joel Lindsey

Call (202) 621-9695 from 2p – 10p daily, or book online with OpenTable.